GEAR UP is a Federal Partnership Grant awarded to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). The federally funded GEAR UP grant from UCSD is in operation within SDUSD for the 2012-2013 school year. GEAR UP grant funding is awarded on an annual basis contingent upon a required, documented dollar for dollar match, and demonstrated progress toward program goals and objectives in the following areas: to cultivate a "college going culture" at participating schools; to increase the number of students who are the first generation of their family to attend college; to increase college eligibility and participation rates; to encourage parental involvement; and to support a successful learning environment.
This 6-year GEAR UP grants provide a set of comprehensive service for the students and their families to ensure they receive the necessary information, motivation and preparation to enter post-secondary educational programs, as well as to firmly establish new approaches to student support and college going cultures that permanently increase college going rates among lower-income populations.
UCSD/SDUSD GEAR UP core partnerships for 2012-2013 include: CAL- SOAP, The San Diego Community College District,San Diego County Office of Education-AVID.
GEAR UP '06 Sites: (Year 6 Serving the Class of 2013-12th grade students) Clairemont High School, Lincoln High School, Mission Bay High School, and Morse High School.
GEAR UP '08 Sites: (Year 5 Serving the Class of 2015-10th and Class of 2014-11th grade students) Kearny High Educational Complex, Madison High School, Point Loma High School, San Diego High Educational Complex, and Serra High School.